Best CSGO Settings For High FPS And Performance

Games come and go, but CSGO is an eternal first-person shooter that will stay with us for generations. For this legendary game, eXputer brings an equally legendary guide. This ultimate settings guide covers the best general & video settings to boost FPS and give you an advantage over others in CSGO.

Starting back in 2000, Counter-Strike is inarguably one of the pioneers of First Person Shooters. According to Steam stats, there are more than 750,000+ players in-game at the time of writing. If you’re here reading this guide, chances are you’re one of those players. Well, so am I!

Why You Must Use these CSGO Best Settings

The game requires a lot of skill, and its whole gameplay is circled around Teamwork. Other than its gameplay and skill requirement, the game sort of does require a decent PC that can provide consistent performance.

Usually, players complain that while playing CSGO, whenever they are in a fight. The FPS drops rapidly, and you are unable to kill the opponent. Also, check out our Best Smoke Spots in Dust 2 guide to get familiar.

But wait, what are these FPS Drops? For example, if you’re GPU is pushing out 200 FPS and the performance randomly drops to like 90 or 100. That’s what FPS drops are.

The experience is not the same anymore, but it causes a huge inconsistency in gameplay. Now if you want to get those wins and consistent kills, you must ensure that you are getting consistent performance across the board.

The Solution

I share the same passion and competitiveness as every CSGO player and always looking for ways to boost in-game performance. Now, CSGO is a game that may be light on hardware, but high FPS can make your game more responsive and register your inputs much quicker. This can make hitting those impossible headshots all the more accurate. 

This is what our CSGO best settings guide aims to achieve. Our settings and some practical methods will also guarantee the best in-game performance and clear visuals so spotting enemies become easier. Our CSGO settings and some practical methods will also guaranty that Performance is stable and the game has excellent visuals. Like always, make a restore point before you start making changes. Secondly, these settings are safe, there is no negative impact. You will also get to enjoy some bonus features that I’ll explain in later stages of the guide.

This CSGO Performance And Settings Guide is divided into different sections as follows:

  1. Windows 10/11 Tweaks
  2. Nvidia and AMD Graphics Settings For CSGO
  3. CSGO Video Settings
  4. Best Audio Settings
  5. Crosshair Settings
  6. Setting-Up Launch Options
  7. Best Mouse Settings
  8. Best Keybinds

Whichever section interests you, you can directly jump to it. So let’s begin players. 

Window Settings And Optimizations for CSGO

Window Settings For CSGO
Window Tweaks

In this section of the guide, we’ll enhance some Windows 10 or 11 settings that will optimize your game’s performance and help with FPS drops.

Update Your Windows to Latest Build

Windows updates have always provided vital fixes and improvements that provide a smooth gaming experience. On top of that, the new updates also add new features that are going to be part of this guide, so make sure you have them.

Window Settings For CSGO
Check for Updates
  1. Open Search and type “Check For Updates”.
  2. Click on Check for Updates and this should take you to the windows updates section.
  3. If there are updates available then download and install them. If now then you’re system has the latest updates installed and you’re good to go.

Enable Game Mode

The Game Mode is a very important feature of Windows 10 & 11. It’s designed to facilitate gamers by optimizing the system’s resources to favor your game. This results in visible performance gains across the board. 

So if you think other applications are clogging your system? Well, Game Mode is designed to close them down and boost your game performance significantly.

Window Settings For CSGO
Turn on Window’s Game Mode
  1. Go To Start and type “Game Mode”
  2. Click on the first result to enter the gaming section of settings.
  3. Here, enable “Game Mode”, and that’s it.

Tip: Some people experience better performance in games when “Game Mode” is disabled and some when it’s enabled. Try both options and see what works best for you.

Set CSGO to “High Priority”

Window Settings For CSGO
Set CSGO to “High Priority”

CSGO usually doesn’t need higher priority to work well since it’s a heavily optimized game. However, sometimes you might face FPS drops or low performance abruptly. In that case, set your game priority to “High” can solve your performance issues. 

While the game is running, do the following:

  1. Open task manager.
  2. Click on CSGO and select “Go to Details”.
  3. Here, you’ll see the main process that’s running CSGO. Simply right-click on it and set its priority to “High”.

This will allow your PC to prioritize CSGO’s performance and reduce system resources towards other background processes.

Enable Ultimate Performance

Windows “Ultimate Performance” sets your PC to full throttle. It puts your CPU and GPU clock speeds to max even when idle. Its main role is to ensure that there is no Power threshold and allows maximum use of the hardware.

Once you enabled it, you will see a significant difference in CSGO FPS and Windows responsiveness in general. Enabling this feature requires certain steps.

  1. Go to Start and type “Windows PowerShell.”
  2. Open the first result With Administrator Privileges.
    Ultimate Performance
    Windows PowerShell
  3. Copy and paste this code into Windows PowerShell.
    “powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d -aa00 -03f14749eb61”
  4. After you have entered the code, click Start again and type “Edit Power Plan.”
  5. Once Opened, Proceed to Power Options.Ultimate Performance
  6. Now Select Ultimate Performance in the plan, and if you were unable to find it. Click on the arrow in Hidden additional plans, and you will find it.Ultimate Performance

Disable Heavy Start-Up Programs

Don’t you just get frustrated when your PC boots up, you have to wait for several programs to startup? Some famous programs that usually start up with your system are Discord, Steam, Skype, and other game clients, etc. 

If these programs are essential to your use, great! Otherwise disabling them can help you get into your system faster and make it a bit lightweight too. 

How? Well it’s quite easy, all you have to do is:

Heavy Start-Up Programs
Disabling Startup Programs
  1. Open task manager and go to the “Startup” tab. 
  2. Here, identify the programs that are important to you. The programs that you don’t need immediately when your PC boots up, simply right-click on them and select “Disable”.

This will disable the unwanted programs from starting up with windows and start hogging your system resources right from the get-go.

Disable Full-Screen Optimization

Even though Microsoft says that “Fullscreen Exclusive mode gives your game complete ownership of the display and allocation of resources of your graphics card”. Well, it’s not entirely true as nearly every Reddit or Forum thread has players complaining that the Full-Screen Optimization negatively impacts FPS.

Players also complain that when it’s enabled, CSGO starts acting weirdly and you cannot even minimize it. This is actually true, because from my personnel experience when it is enabled, you cannot run discord in the background, and CS:GO runs with very consistent frames. Its best tested FPS with both enabled and disabled because the feature’s performance does change with updates.

So, to disable this feature, follow the steps below:

  1. First, you’ll need to browse to your local install files. For that, open Steam, right-click on CSGO, and go to “Properties.”
  2. In Properties, go to the “Local Files” tab and Click On Browse Game Local Files.Disable Full-Screen Optimization
  3. Now, you’ll be in the install directory of CSGO. Simply right-click on the main executable file (.exe) and click on properties. This will open up a window, go to the “Compatibility” tab here.  Disable Full-Screen Optimization
  4. Simply check the option that says “Disable full-screen optimizations” and that’s it.

Disable Unnceasry Animations

To get more consistent FPS and smooth performance in CSGO, you must disable these unnecessary “exotic animations.” Doing this will not only ensure that the CPU is less burdened but also the memory. Your PC and games will become much more responsive and fast. 

To do this, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Start and search & open “View Advanced System Settings”.
  2. Head over to the settings tab under Performance and In Visual Effects Select Custom.
  3. Disable the rest of the options, and only enable “Show Thumbnails Instead of Icons” and “Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts”Unnceasry Animations
  4. After Applying the changes, you will already notice something different and better.

Disable Game Bar and Captures

Have you noticed while playing games, there is an Xbox or Game Bar notification popping up?

Well, you can ignore these notifications in the game, however, sometimes they will automatically start recording gameplay by accident. additionally, the notifications also pile up in the action center. Ultimately, this has a negative impact on CSGO. To get better performance, it’s best you disable this feature.

  1. Open Start and type “Game Mode”.
  2. Now Proceed to The Game Bar and Captures Tab. Disable and lower down everything you see.Game Bar and Captures
  3. Go To Start Agan, Search and “Open Focus Assist.”
  4. Now you can either disable everything or configure them according to your CSGO schedule.Game Bar and Captures

Clean Up Useless Files

Junk files can build up over time in your PC that gradually starts to slow down your PC. Once they’re cluttered enough, they can cause a whole slew of problems from stuttering to system crashes. Before the worst comes to pass, it’s best to clean these junk files every once in a while.

These files can also lower your FPS and downgrade Performance in CS:GO. Most players have downloaded the game in C, where the temp files remain after you empty the recycle bin. Anyhow, here is how you can delete Temp Files and Cleanup Disk. Make sure you are doing it in the Drive, where CS:GO is Installed.

First, clean up the temp files through the following method:

  1. Go To Start, type “Run” and open it. Once it’s opened, enter “%temp%” and click ok.Game Bar and Captures
  2. There are all the junk files that are accumulating in your system. Simply select all the files and delete them without a second thought. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your personal data after deleting these files. 

Windows provides a first-party tool to clean up these leftover files. Here’s how to use it.

Best CSGO Settings
Disk Cleanup

 

  1. Open Windows search and type “Disk Cleanup”. Open the first result that comes up. 
  2. Select the drive you want to clean junk from and click ok. 
  3. After some time, a window will pop up. You can either check all boxes and delete basic junk files here or click on “Clean up System Files” to perform the advanced cleanup.
Best CSGO Settings
Advanced Disk Cleanup
  1. If you chose “Clean up System Files” then you’ll be prompted to select the drive again and click on ok.
  2. This window will pop up. Simply select all the boxes and click on ok to start the cleanup.

Warning: Advance cleanup will wipe your previous window installation data. In case you’re thinking of reverting back to your old windows, that won’t be possible after selecting “Windows Update Cleanup.”

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Nvidia and AMD both offer a great number of settings in the control panel that you can tweak to get extra performance. They’re easy to tinker with, but what exact settings should you use to improve CSGO performance is a little tricky. 

So, here’s I’ll break down the control panel settings for both AMD and Nvidia respectively, and optimize it for CSGO. Let’s Begin!

Best Nvidia Settings for CSGO

Nvidia Settings for CSGO
GPU Settings for CSGO

In this section of the guide, we’ll tweak the graphic card settings. Although you can change graphics settings from the game as well, managing 3D Settings in Nvidia Control Panel will have a greater effect.

The settings we recommend are very balanced and will get you High FPS with great visuals to spot enemies. Just make sure your Nvidia drivers are updated to the latest version. You can check out the latest version here or open GeForce Experience and click on “Check For Updates”.

Note: The Global Settings in Nvidia Control panel will have an impact across all games. If you want to make changes for CSGO only, then head over to “Program Settings” and add CSGO Application here. Now the settings will be specific to CSGO only.

Nvidia Control Panel Settings for CSGO

Nvidia Settings for CSGO
Nvidia Control Panel CSGO Settings
  1. To navigate to Nvidia control panel settings for CSGO, access the Nvidia Control panel from Desktop.
  2. Click on “3D Application Settings” and go to program settings.
  3. Select CSGO in the “Select a program to customize” section.
  4. Select your dedicated graphics card in the “preferred graphics process” section. Please note this section is only valid if you’re playing on a gaming laptop.
  5. Now you can easily customize the control panel settings for CSGO.

Set the Nvidia program settings for CSGO as follows:

  1. Image Sharpening can be set according to your preference. Try setting it on 50 and change it as per requirement. 
  2. Set Anisotropic filtering to OFF
  3. Turn Ambient Occlusion OFF
  4. Set Antialiasing FXAA to OFF
  5. Put Antialiasing Gamma Correction to ON
  6. Turn Antialiasing Mode to OFF
  7. CUDA – GPUs to ALL
  8. Turn DSR Factors Off
  9. Put Low Latency Mode to OFF
  10. Set Max Frame Rate to OFF to uncap FPS
  11. Monitor Technology is an optional option. If your monitor supports G-Sync then choose it otherwise OFF
  12. Turn Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) OFF
  13. Put your main GPU in the OpenGL Rendering GPU option.
  14. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer Maximum Performance
  15. Prefered Refresh Rate (Your Monitor) – Select the highest available value
  16. Put Shader Cache On
  17. Turn ON Texture Filtering Anisotropic Sample Optimization
  18. Set Texture Filtering Negative LOD Bias to Allow
  19. Turn Texture Filtering Quality to High Performance
  20. Enable Texture Filtering as Trilinear Optimization
  21. Set Threaded Optimization to On
  22. Turn OFF Triple Buffering
  23. Turn Vertical Sync (VSYNC) OFF
  24. Put Virtual Reality pre-rendered Frames to 1

Nvidia Color Settings for CSGO

Nvidia Color Settings for CSGO

Want to make the game visuals clear and vibrant? Just follow these settings. Note that colors differ from Monitor to Monitor and in some cases, you might not get the result I’m getting. Anyhow, it is worth the attempt to give it a try.

  1. Set Brightness Level to + 55%
  2. Set Contrast Level to + 50%
  3. Change Gamma to + 1.10

Enhancements

  1. Fully Increase Digital Vibrance to 100%. This will make your graphics very vibrant.
  2. Set Hue to 0.

AMD Radeon Settings for CSGO

AMD Users, don’t worry because we have you covered with the best settings for performance and visuals.

We have tried and tested dozens of settings, but these ones are the most balanced ones. First, make sure that your AMD Drivers are updated to the latest version. You can check and download the latest drivers from this page.

After you’re done checking for the latest drivers, follow these settings below:

Go to AMD Control Panel and open the gaming tab to locate CSGO executable. 

AMD Radeon Settings for CSGO
Locate CSGO executable in AMD Control Panel

After you’ve located/added CSGO in AMD Control Panel, click on it to configure its settings.

AMD Radeon Settings for CSGO
AMD Control Panel Settings for CSGO

Set the AMD profile graphic settings for CSGO as follows:

  1. Graphics Profile: eSports
  2. Raden Anti-Lag – Enabled
  3. Raden Chill – Disabled
  4. Radeon Image Sharpening – Enabled
  5. Sharpness – Personel Preference, but I prefer anything above 50
  6. Radeon Enhanced Sync – Disabled
  7. Wait for Vertical Refresh – Always off
  8. Anti-Aliasing Level – 2X
  9. Select Multisampling in Anti-Aliasing Method
  10. Disable Morphological Anti-Aliasing
  11. Disable Anisotropic Filtering
  12. Select Performance in Texture Filtering Quality
  13. Anti-Aliasing – Override Application Settings
  14. Select Performance Under Texture Filtering Quality
  15. Enable Surface Format Optimization
  16. Tessellation Mode – Override Application Settings
  17. Maximum Tessellation Level – 8x
  18. OpenGL Triple Buffering – Disable

And there you have it. Use the appropriate GPU control panel settings for your PC and enjoy an amazing performance in CSGO.

Best CSGO Video Settings

CSGO Video Settings
Video Settings for CSGO

CSGO visuals have improved over the years. Although the improvements were never significant which is an upside considering CSGO never did become a GPU heavy game. 

But, the best performance is locked behind some of the CSGO video settings that can give you a boost in FPS. Higher FPS generally means a smoother and responsive game that provides an edge over your opponents in-game.

So without further ado, let’s discuss some of the best video settings for CSGO. 

Basic Video Settings

CSGO Video Settings
Basic Video Settings

These are the basic video settings that you need to configure for the best gaming experience.

  1. Main Menu Background Scenery is only for aesthetics and changes the main menu looks. So choose this setting according to your taste. 
  2. You can adjust brightness according to your preference. However, having too high or too low brightness can affect enemy visibility. I suggest you put the brightness slider in the middle and increase or decrease it until you find the optimal brightness. 
  3. The aspect ratio of your screen is an important setting that affects your gameplay a lot. It might feel like a visual change but it affects how stretched or congested screen size becomes that also affect the enemy textures. According to your resolution, it may be 16:9 but most CSGO Pro Players use a 4:3 aspect ratio for better view. 
  4. Set this option according to your native resolution here. However, if you want to get significant frames in exchange for visual clarity, you can reduce the resolution.
  5. Display mode should always be “Fullscreen” allowing your PC to dedicate resources exclusively towards CSGO.
  6. Put Laptop Power Savings to OFF regardless of whether you’re playing on a laptop or not. This setting generally is for people who play on battery power.

These were the basic settings, let’s jump ahead to the advanced settings where the real performance gains can be made. 

Advanced Video Settings

CSGO Video Settings
Advanced Video Settings

These advanced video settings will let you tune different visual effects for the best clarity and performance in CSGO.

  1. Set the Global Shadow Quality to LOW. Note that this won’t affect the enemy models but only reduce the shadow textures to give you a bump in performance. 
  2. The Model/Texture Detail should be bumped to HIGH, as it will display objects in the game, including players, more clearly. 
  3. Texture Streaming should be DISABLED to avoid any extra processing in the background.
  4. Effect Details can be set from MEDIUM to HIGH depending on your PC.
  5. Shader Details have a significant effect on your FPS but very little in visual effects in-game. Put it to LOW for best performance.
  6. DISABLE Boost Player Contrast if you have a low-end PC.
  7. Multicore Rending should be ENABLED since it helps the game run at a higher framerate. 
  8. Multisample Anti-Aliasing Mode is a very taxing setting on FPS. It should be switched to NONE at all times to avoid taking a major hit on frames. 
  9. FXAA Anti-Aliasing Mode is a relatively light AA mode that doesn’t really tax your FPS that much. You can choose to turn it on to reduce some jagged edges on objects. Otherwise, turning it off can provide a slight bump in performance.
  10. Texture Filtering Mode improves the clarity of textures and it can be set according to your hardware’s power. If you have a Low-End PC, you can choose TRILINEAR, otherwise, we recommend going for 8X or 16X.
  11. DISABLE Wait for the Vertical Sync Option to uncap your FPS.

And there you have it, you’ve got the best in-game video settings that will boost your fps in CSGO. 

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CSGO Audio Settings In-Game

CSGO Audio Settings
Audio Settings for CSGO

CSGO provides a wide range of sound customization options for players. There aren’t any specific settings you can tweak as they all depend on your personal preference. However, there are some I’d like you to try based on many players’ popular opinions.

Players often focus on other aspects like a mouse or visual settings to improve their own performance in CSGO. Audio is often ignored which is a massive mistake. 

Audio plays an important role in every shooter game, especially in CSGO. Everything from distant gunshots to footsteps sounds helps you determine where the enemy is before you even spot them. 

What headset you’re wearing also makes a massive difference in audio quality in CSGO. You’ll be able to distinguish sounds a lot better like footsteps with a decent pair of cans. However, you can also optimize a few audio settings here and there to make your experience even better. Let’s see what they are!

Best CSGO Settings
CSGO Sound Settings
  1. Set the Music Volume in Steam Overlay to 0%
  2. Audio Output Configuration should always be put to STEREO HEADPHONES for accurate left and right sounds. If you’re playing on speakers, which I don’t recommend unless they’re 7.1 surround, you can tweak the settings to match your setup arrangement. 
  3. Put the Advanced 3D Audio Processing to YES for the best audio clarity in the game. 
  4. Put the VOIP Volume to 50% or less to get less distracted by a teammate yelling in the mic. Been there, done that, not really pleasing.
  5. DISABLE the VOIP Positional while you’re turning down its volume too. 

And that’s pretty much it. Now you’ll have the better sound quality to easily identify different sounds in CSGO.

Enable Loudness Equalization

The window has a Loudness Equalization feature for individual audio devices that boost the highs and lows and boost audio. These settings apply to your whole system but can provide a better audible experience in CSGO. 

CSGO Audio Settings
Search System Sounds

To use this feature, go to the search bar and type “System Sounds”. Click on the first result to open the window’s audio settings. 

CSGO Audio Settings
Playback Sound Properties

After accessing Windows sound settings, go to the “Playback” tab and right-click on your current audio device (headphones). Then select properties. 

CSGO Audio Settings
Loudness Equalization

After accessing the properties of your selected audio device, go to the “Enhancements” tab and select “Loudness Equalization.” Click on ok to save the changes. 

Now, audio sources in CSGO will be much clearer and loud even at lower volumes.

Nahimic Audio Settings for CSGO

CSGO Audio Settings
Nahimic Sound for CSGO

In case your PC or Laptop supports Nahimic, these settings can really give you an edge in sound quality over your opponents. 

  1. Set the Surround Sound to OFF as it interferes with the game’s native binaural sounds. 
  2. Turn ON the Volume Stabilizer to normalize the high and low frequency and prevent them from being uncomfortable. 
  3. Put the Voices volume to 4db which will boost in-game VOIP quality and also improve some other audio frequencies. 
  4. Set the Bass to OFF, trust me on this. CSGO is not a cinematic game that you’ll need to have your ears rubbing as bullets whiz by. Turning off Bass completely will help focus treble more.
  5. Set the Treble volume to the max at 12db to maximize sounds like gunfire and footsteps. This almost gives you super hearing in CSGO and you can pinpoint sounds across great distances. 

That is all for Nahimic audio settings for CSGO. If your PC supports Nahimic then you’re in for a treat. 

Best Crosshair Settings for CSGO

Crosshair Settings for CSGO
Crosshair Settings for CSGO

In CSGO, crosshairs play a major role when it comes to aiming properly. Having a good crosshair can mean the difference between nailing headshots with pinpoint accuracy and missing by a few pixels.

If you play competitively and want to have the same best settings the CSGO Pros use, then this section is for you. 

  1. First, always be sure to pick the color of the crosshair that you can easily tell apart from the other surfaces of the game. You could either pick red, green, or blue for best crosshair visibility
  2. Now the Crosshair Style should be Classic Static. You can opt for other fancy options but sticking with the classic works best, even for most pros
  3. Remove the center dost as relying on it often results in inaccurate shots. Removing the center dot helps the outer crosshair to become tighter resulting in a more accurate aim
  4. The Lenght of the Crosshair can be anywhere from 3.0-3.5
  5. Set the Thickness of the crosshair to 1.1 
  6. The gap between the Crosshair should be -3.0
  7. Disable the Crosshair Outline
  8. We don’t recommend using T-Style Crosshairs.
  9. Put the Deployed Weapon Gap to No
  10. Show Player Crosshairs to Everyone

By choosing these settings, you’ll get a much accurate crosshair in the game that’ll make nailing those pinpoint shots much easier. 

You can also adjust your crosshair to resemble the ones Pros use but I recommend using the one you feel comfortable with. 

Best Launch Options for CSGO

Launch Options for CSGO
Launch Options for CSGO

One of the most important factors behind the great performance is having the right launch options in CSGO. There are hundreds of different launch options to choose from that perform a variety of functions. Using a launch option without understanding what it does may cause unwanted problems. For the best experience, why not try our best picks of launch options for CSGO.

To set the launch options, you need to navigate to Steam, Right-Click Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and select properties. Here, click on “Set Launch Options” and paste the following lines here and click ok.

Launch Options for CSGO

+fps_max 0 -high -novid -freq 75 -nojoy -threads 4 +cl_forcepreload 1 +mat_queue_mode 2

  1. +fps_max 0 – This removes the frame limiter, and lets you have as many frames as your GPU is capable of producing.
  2. -high – This will set CPU priority to High and allow CSGO to get the most performance out of your system.
  3. -novid – The novid command will skip the Valve Introduction Screen, which takes too much time.
  4. -freq 144 The Freq is also the Refresh Rate Value. Therefore, enter the max refresh rate of your Monitor.
  5. -nojoy Nojoy will remove the Joystick Controller Support, and will free a lot of Memory and CPU Usage.
  6. -threads 4 – It’ll ensure your max threads are being allocated to the game. Enter the correct number of threads in the value.
  7. +cl_forcepreload 1 – Will Pre-Load All Maps and Resource.
  8. +mat_queue_mode 2 – Very Important, this changes the meta by forcing CSGO to run at Multi-Threaded Mode.

Best Mouse Settings in CSGO

Mouse Settings in CSGO
Mouse Settings for CSGO

Mouse your main weapon in CSGO. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a cheap keyword, cheap monitor, or even cheap headsets. Using a cheap mouse can drastically lower your in-game performance because of substandard tracking and low-quality sensor. 

But, using the best mouse isn’t enough to make you a great CSGO player overnight. You’ll also have to use the best mouse settings and practice with those settings to become good at the game. 

Now, when it comes to mice, there isn’t a single setting that works for everybody. Everyone has different hand types, different movement speeds, and different mousepad real estate. So, we’ll help you find the best mouse settings for CSGO in this section. 

Choose The Right Mouse DPI

Dots Per Inch also called DPI for short is the number of pixels your mouse will track in one movement. The higher your DPI is, the further your in-game cursor will move with minimal hand movement. 

Finding a sweet spot when it comes to DPI can be tricky, but if you have played first-person shooter games before, it might be a bit easier for you. 

Low DPI Settings

Anything from 100-400 DPI falls into the range of low DPI Settings. This DPI range provides the most precision while taking shots but also requires you to make bigger sweep movements with your hands. 

This DPI range is great for long-distance weapons like snipers, or even ARs but might take some time getting used to for short-distance shootouts. This is also the most commonly used DPI range for pros. 

One drawback to this DPI setting is that it isn’t great for quick scopes and flicks. Even if you manage to pull off a flick, it’ll take one really significant hand movement to do so. 

Medium DPI Settings

Anywhere from 600 to 1000 DPI falls into the range of medium DPI settings. This DPI range provides a decent mix of accuracy and quick movements.

You won’t have to make large sweeps movements with your hands with this DPI setting. However, this DPI isn’t the most accurate nor the most effortless to use. 

A big advantage of this DPI is that it’s really easy to get used to since it’s not really fast or slow. If you’re newly getting into the first-person shooter genre, this DPI range is for you. 

High DPI Settings

The high DPI settings range is from 1200 and above. This is a tricky DPI setting to use since it offers the fastest in-game movement with little hand movement.

It’s a little tougher DPI to get used to compared to low and medium, but once mastered can make you the king of flicks. This DPI has the fastest movements in the game and is best for short-distance shootouts. 

A major drawback to this DPI range is that it is almost impossible to play with weapons like snipers. 

Disable Enhance Pointer Precision

You’ll have to disable Enhance Pointer Precision in Windows if you want to become consistent at aiming in CSGO. Putting aim aside, Enhance Pointer Precision also affects your performance, because it consistently requires the power of CPU and Memory to randomize the movement.

Enhanced Pointer Precision also alters your DPI when you move your mouse which isn’t best to get used to a DPI range. To disable it follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start and search “Mouse Settings” and go to “Additional Mouse Options” Enhance Pointer Precision
  2. Head over to Pointer Options and uncheck Enhance Pointer Precision to disable this feature.Enhance Pointer Precision
  3. Make sure you hit apply and ok after applying changes.

Best Keybinds for CSGO

Keybinds for CSGO
Keybinds for CSGO

Using the right keybinds can significantly affect your win-loss ratio. Being the most effective in a gunfight requires you to have all the tools at your disposal at your fingertips. This means when an opportunity presents itself, you can chug a Molotov or grenade at the enemy at a moment’s notice. 

Keybinds really depend on your playstyle, but I’ve acquired the most popular keybinds in CSGO that even pro use. Let’s see what they are!

Movement Keybinds in CSGO

Keybinds in CSGO
Keybinds for Movement
  1. Toggle Inventory Display, Set it to I
  2. The Movement Keys will be W, A, S, D by default which is the best option.
  3. The Strafing keys should be set to A & D for better evasive movements.
  4. Set the Walk to Shift. People are known to use caps lock to toggle walking but it’s not the most popular choice as CSGO now lets you choose to toggle walk. 
  5. The Spacebar is always the default for Jump
  6. For Duck, you can either use CTRL or C

Weapon & Tools Keybinds in CSGO

Tools Keybinds in CSGO
Keybinds for Weapons
  1. The Use function should be set to either F or E
  2. Fire and Secondly Fire are defaulted to right and left mouse clicks
  3. For Reload, the best keybind is also the default one, R
  4. Use Mouse3 for Radial Weapon Menu
  5. For Next and Previous Weapons, using the scroll up and down is the most intuitive. 
  6. Last Weapon Used is a really important feature and should be set to your extra mouse side-buttons or Q

Other keybinds are the best in the default state. Let’s move over to tools keybinds.

Best CSGO Settings
Keybinds for Tools

Here most of the keybinds will stay in default form, only the important ones are as follows: 

  1. Set the Explosive & Traps to 5 key
  2. Put the HE Grenades to X
  3. The Flashbang Grenades should be set to F
  4. The Smoke Grenades can be bound to side-mouse buttons i.e. mouse4
  5. Set the Decoy Grenade to Z
  6. Put the Molotov Coctail to C

Using these tools quickly in the heat of the battle can turn the tide. So, putting them in easy-to-access keybinds can help you use them in time of need. 

Combine these great tool keybinds with our knowledge of Best Dust 2 Grenade Spots to dominate every match.

Takeaways 

All the settings showcased in this guide were carefully set according to personal experience, popular player choices, and pro picks. You’re welcome to experiment with CSGO settings and find the right one for you.

If you’ve followed the complete guide, I can say with confidence that you’ll have great in-game performance and high FPS. The idea was to create an all-in-one guide for all CSGO players to help experience CSGO the best way possible. 

To end this guide, here are some frequently asked questions for CSGO. Need to ask something? Do reach out to me in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond. Happy Gaming Folks!

Update January 2022: We have now updated the guide with newer methods and better tweaks.

FAQs

Can these settings help me run CSGO smoother in 2022

Yes, several parts of this guide are geared towards improving the performance of CSGO. By following those settings and tweaks, you’ll be able to experience a visible boost in FPS.

Does this guide have the best settings used by pros?

These settings were also designed keeping the choice of pros in mind. So, rest assured, you’ll find several settings the pros use themselves.

Is using higher DPI better for gaming in CSGO?

Not necessarily. Using a higher DPI is only effective if you’re used to it. Otherwise, your shots will go in several directions and not hit a single target. Practice is key.

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Moiz Banoori.


Having worked at various Video Game sites, coupled with 7 years of Content Writing Experience. I presently monitor teams, create strategies, and publish qualified pieces through my aptitude.

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